Messaging Roundup: Speaker Fight Updates

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House Republicans Must Abandon MAGA Extremism, Reopen The House

  • House Republicans have spent the past 10 months causing chaos and driving our economy to the brink of a government shutdown and a debt default. Now, their infighting has brought the House to a standstill as we enter the fourth week without a Speaker.
  • Republican gridlock has real consequences for the American people. Congress should be working to lower costs across the board, invest in working families to grow the middle class, and protect our national security. Instead, House Republicans have paralyzed Congress with another government shutdown looming.
  • House Democrats are committed to putting People Over Politics with a bipartisan path forward. House Republicans must stop taking orders from former President Trump, abandon MAGA extremism, and reopen the House.


House Democrats Ready To Pass National Security Funding

  • President Biden has asked Congress to pass emergency funding to protect our national security and support our allies. House Democrats are ready to support that work and pass this important national security funding.
  • Congress must provide Israel with the resources it needs to defend itself, guarantee humanitarian assistance reaches innocent civilians in Gaza, help Ukraine stop Russian aggression in Europe, and support partners threatened by the Chinese Communist Party.
  • House Democrats are ready, willing, and able to advance this urgently needed funding. Republicans must end their civil war, reopen the House, and work with us to protect our national security and uphold our country’s values on the world stage.

House Republicans Triple Down on MAGA Extremism With Mike Johnson


  • House Republicans have spent the past 10 months causing chaos and driving our economy to the brink of a government shutdown and a debt default. Now, their infighting has brought the House to a standstill in the fourth week without a Speaker.
  • Republican gridlock has real consequences for the American people. Congress should be working to lower costs across the board, invest in working families to grow the middle class, and protect our national security. Instead, with a government shutdown looming, House Republicans have paralyzed Congress with chaos, dysfunction, and extremism.
  • The latest Republican Speaker nominee is MAGA extremist Mike Johnson. He was a leading architect of former President Trump’s plot to overturn the 2020 election, supports criminalizing abortion nationwide and stripping rights from the LGBTQ+ community, and has worked to slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
  • House Democrats are committed to putting People Over Politics to do the people’s business. Republicans have a choice: they can vote to hand the gavel to a MAGA extremist like Mike Johnson or work with Democrats to responsibly govern for everyday Americans.

FACT SHEET: Mike Johnson Is An Election Denying Trump Loyalist & MAGA Republican

“Make no mistake: just like Jim Jordan, Mike Johnson is an extreme MAGA Republican and a fervent election denier. Johnson was a leader in the attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election and will use the Speakership to undermine our democracy and restore Trump to power.  Mike Johnson is just Jim Jordan with a suit coat. He has no business whatsoever leading the House and being second in the presidential line of succession.” 

Johnson was a leader in efforts to overturn the 2020 election and undermine our very democracy, leading the litigation efforts. Throughout his time in the House, Johnson has consistently supported Trump, voting in-line with the former president 93 percent of the time. He has pushed radical proposals to slash Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food assistance programs, and even a nationwide abortion ban. Johnson has demonstrated that he will only continue to use his position to attack President Biden and House Democrats in order to score political points and work toward re-electing Donald Trump. Above all, he is an extreme, hardline MAGA Republican who will follow Trump’s playbook of distracting from the real issues Americans are facing across the country with extreme partisan fact-free fights.

Mike Johnson Led The Legal Effort In The House To Overturn the 2020 Election. The day after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the election, Johnson said he called Donald Trump and told him: “‘Stay strong and keep fighting, sir! The nation is depending upon your resolve. We must exhaust every available legal remedy to restore Americans’ trust in the fairness of our election system.’” Johnson quickly became “the most important architect of the Electoral College objections” in the House, pressuring his colleagues to support the Texas lawsuit that sought to overturn the election on the unconstitutional premise that the expansion of vote by mail during the pandemic was illegal. Johnson boasted on Twitter of Trump’s approval of his efforts, calling the Texas suit “the big one” that would enable Trump to remain in office. 

  • Johnson Urged Trump Supporters To “Fight!” On The Morning Of January 6, 2021 On the morning of January 6th, Johnson tweeted that “We MUST fight for election integrity, the Constitution, and the preservation of our republic!” Later that day, Johnson voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election. 

Mike Johnson Is One Of Trump’s Top Defenders.  Johnson has been described as “a trusted member of Trump’s inner circle” and as “one of President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters in the House of Representatives.”  Johnson frequently traveled with Trump on Air Force One during his term and proudly served on the defense team for both of Trump’s impeachment trials in the Senate. During Trump’s first impeachment Johnson made nearly  50 TV appearances to defend the president. Although he has not formally endorsed Trump for 2024, Johnson continues to aggressively defend the former president in his legal morass attacking Democrats after January 6  for focusing on investigating the attack, referring to it as a “third impeachment” and accusing Joe Biden of “weaponizing” the Department of Justice to indict Trump.  

Johnson Supports Impeaching President Biden And Has Close Ties To Oversight Chair James Comer. Johnson has been working to impeach President Biden and expressed support for Kevin McCarthy’s move to unilaterally launch an impeachment inquiry into President Biden without a House vote. Johnson also holds close ties with Oversight Chair James Comer, who has been leading the impeachment inquiry. Johnson invited Comer to appear on his own podcast at the end of August, where he called Comer, “one of my good friends for the past seven years” and a “super talented guy.”

Just Like Jim Jordan, Mike Johnson Has All The Wrong Priorities. Instead of addressing the top priorities facing Americans, Johnson has prioritized petty right-wing grievances and investigations targeting the Biden administration in order to score political points. Over the past ten months, Johnson’s top efforts include pursuing baseless investigations into the FBI while serving on Jim Jordan’s MAGA Judiciary Committee, and investigating supposed radical leftist influence on public education. He even spread conspiracy theories about federal involvement in school board meetings that have long been disputed by fact-checkers as wholly unsubstantiated.

  • Johnson Serves on The Hardline MAGA Republican Study Committee & Is A Member of the Far-Right Freedom Caucus. Johnson currently serves on the hard-right Republican Study Committee (RSC), which has released a steady stream of radical proposals to slash and privatize Medicare and Social Security, limit access to voting, oppose infrastructure funding, and ban abortion nationwide as early as six weeks into pregnancy. The RSC has also been working on new proposals to end Medicare’s ability to negotiate drug prices, cut food assistance, and cut Medicaid. Johnson is also a member of the far-right Freedom Caucus, which has pushed a budget proposal to defund the FBI

Key Votes

Make no Mistake: Emmer is a MAGA Extremist. He has voted AGAINST:

  • Violence Against Women Act
  • The right to contraception
  • Red flag laws and banning of high capacity magazines
  • Establishment of a January 6th Commission
  • Capping insulin costs at $35
  • Bipartisan infrastructure
  • Banning of wage discrimination based on gender
  • John R Lewis Voting Rights Act

He has voted in FAVOR of: 

  • Banning abortion nationwide
  • Raising Retirement Age
  • Cuts to Social Security and Medicare 
  • Parental Bill of Rights

The 20 Things That Mike Johnson Voted AGAINST That The VAST Majority of Americans Want

1. “The Women’s Health Protection Act”: Should women have a right to have an abortion in America?
2. “The Right to Contraception Act”. Should Americans have a legal right to purchase contraception?
3. “The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act”. Should the oil industry face penalties for price gouging?
4. “The Assault Weapons Ban”. Should military style assault weapons be illegal for sale or purchase?
5. “The Bipartisan Background Checks Act”. Should we expand background checks to cover all gun sales?
6. “The Paycheck Fairness Act”. Should women receive equal pay for equal work in America?
7. “The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement Act”. Should cannabis be decriminalized federally and have past non-violent arrests and convictions expunged?
8. “The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Enhancement Act”. Should we enforce the provisions of The 1965 Voting Rights Act ensuring equal treatment for all voters?
9. ” The Respect for Marriage Act”. Should the Constitutional Right of same sex marriage declared by The Supreme Court be codified into American law?
10. “The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act”. Should there be consequences for police for discriminatory and illegal policing?
11. “The American Dream and Promise Act”. Should “Dreamers” who came to The US when they were young have a path to earn citizenship?
12. “The Affordable Insulin Now Act”. Should the price of pharmaceutical insulin be capped at $35?
13. “Child Care for Working Families Act” (part of “Build Back Better) Should the government subsidize the cost of child care for certain working mothers and families?
14. “The Violence Against Women Act”: Should the government have and fund comprehensive responses to domestic violence, sexual assault dating violence and stalking?
15. BUILD BACK BETTER: In addition to Affordable Insulin and Child Care (above):Hearing Aids for Seniors, Child Tax Credit, Universal Pre-K
16. The Honoring Our PACT Act”Should Veterans receive health care for serious injuries received from “burn pit” pollution while fighting in our wars?
17. “The Invest In America Act’ (Infrastructure Bill). An historic, massive infrastructure bill for America
18.“The CHIPS and Science Act. Should we invest heavily in an American micro-processor (Chips) industry to compete with China?
19. “The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act”. Should the government fund mental health, school safety and crisis intervention programs and incentivize states to include juvenile records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System?
20.“The Inflation Reduction Act”. The largest bill to fight climate change in history, reductions in prescription drugs, a 15% minimum tax on major corporations (and many other things)

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